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Jo's Review of 2016

Hello Everyone I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying your extra time out and about. The Garden is still closed so I shall continue with my look back through the years. It's time for 2016. At the beginning of January there were several days when the sun shone and all seemed well in the world. A warm coat and a stroll around the garden seemed like a perfect day out. The Rose Garden looked lovely in the afternnon sunshine, photo 1. The following morning I was at the garden again, working this time, and I stopped to watch the heron fishing for his breakfast probably, photo 2. Sometimes, when the fountain is not switched on the reflections in the water are just perfect. Later in the month

Jo's Review of 2015

Hello Everyone In May 2015 a group of us from the Bowles Society went on a trip to the South of France retracing the steps taken by Mr Bowles when he joined his brother, Henry and his new wife, Florence, on what was to become known as ''The Triangular Honeymoon''. Photo 1, The Happy Travellers. We stayed in Nice and visited five beautiful Mediterranean Gardens. We travelled to each one by coach so were able to enjoy the dramatic coastline of the Cote D'Azur too. Photo 2, The Nice Coastline. Photo 3, The Marina. Photo 4, The War Memorial, which is 32 metres high and cut into the cliff. Photo 5, View of Castle Hill from the coast road. The first garden we visited was the Villa Ephrussi Rothsch

Jo's Review of 2014 Part 2

Hello Everyone The 28th July 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW1. Before the war, nearly 80% of wheat and flour consumed in Britain was imported. The food supply in Britain was seriously affected by naval blockages as it relied on food imports like grains and agricultural products such as nitrate fertilizer. In April 1916, Britain had only 6 weeks supply of wheat remaining and bread was a staple part of most diets. The British Government implemented measures to increase their food production. The Defence of the Realm Act 1914 empowered the Government to take over 3 million acres of land for farming from 1917-1918. Any area that could grow food was converted to do so. Ga

Jo's review of 2014 Part 1

Hello Everyone Hope you're all well and staying safe. Here are the highlights of 2014 to distract you for a while this week. In January 2014, the large tree in the bed at the front of the house was removed. It was completely blocking the view and over shadowing the small acer and the Indian bean tree, photo 1. The view through the gap is now enjoyed by all and both trees have benefited from the increased light and moisture. It was a good year for all the spring flowers. In the Asylum the snowdrops were looking lovely showing up well against the green moss on all the rocks there, photo 2 (Jan 2014). On the New River Lawn the snowdrops were joined by the hellebores creating a beautiful display

Jo's Review of 2013 continued..

Hello Everyone 29th September 2013 marked the 400th anniversary of the opening of the New River and Andrew Turvey, Head Gardener, decided that the occassion should be celebrated at Myddelton House Gardens. After all the house had been named after Sir Hugh Myddelton. The New River was constructed by Sir Hugh Myddelton between 1609 and 1613 to carry fresh water to the City of London. The Garnault family, who owned a large estate around Bulls Cross, had invested a lot of money in the project and they asked for a loop of the river to run through the garden. It continued to flow through the garden until the 1960's. After Mr Bowles death in 1954 the Royal Free Hospital was responsible for the Hous

Jo's Review of 2013 Part 1

Hello Everyone We've been fortunate enough to have had two days rain here which I know our gardens needed. I'm sure the sunshine will be back soon but while you're waiting here is my look back at 2013. We started the year with heavy snow at the end of January, photo 1 (Jan 2013). About 4 inches fell over night and we woke up to a winter wonderland. I think the snowdrops enjoyed it as they were everywhere in the garden, in the Rock Garden, photo 2, (Feb 2013) in the Winter Bed along with some aconites, photo 3, (Feb 2013) and in the Wild Garden, photo 4 (Feb 2013). On the Front lawn you can see just how big the cedar tree was, photo 5 (Feb 2013) and the small bed on the left looks quite empty

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